As a premier provider of diagnostic imaging services with locations in Toronto, Brampton, Whitby, and Niagara Falls, Valence Medical Imaging remains at the forefront of advancing women’s health. One of the critical areas we cover is the intersection between breast implants and mammography procedures. Women with breast implants should have a clear understanding of how implants impact mammography and what they can expect during their breast cancer screening.
The Importance of Specialized Breast Imaging for Implant Patients
Breast imaging for individuals with implants requires a specialized approach. A digital mammogram, which converts the X-ray into a digital image, is the cornerstone of breast cancer screening. However, for those with implants, the procedure may be modified to ensure comprehensive visualization of the breast tissue.
Digital Mammogram: A Closer Look
During a digital mammogram, radiologists at Valence Medical Imaging use state-of-the-art technology to take multiple images of the breast from different angles. For patients with implants, additional views, known as implant displacement (ID) views or Eklund views, are often taken. These views push the implant back against the chest wall and pull the breast tissue forward, allowing a better view of the breast tissue.
Breast Cancer Screening with BI-RADS Classification
The BI-RADS (Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System) classification is a standardized system used to report mammogram findings. It aids in determining the next steps, which can range from routine follow-up to further testing such as a diagnostic mammogram, breast ultrasound, or breast biopsy.
Addressing Concerns about Radiation Exposure
Radiation exposure during mammography is a common concern, especially for women with implants. However, the levels of radiation in a digital mammogram are extremely low. Our radiologists at Valence Medical Imaging are expertly trained to minimize radiation exposure while ensuring the highest quality of images.
Challenges with Dense Breasts and Implants
Women with dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more glandular and connective tissue, which can make it harder to detect abnormalities. When these women also have implants, the screening process becomes more complex. In such cases, breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, may be recommended. This technology provides a more detailed view and can be particularly helpful for women with dense breasts and implants.
Diagnostic Mammogram: Beyond Screening
If an initial screening mammogram reveals areas of concern, or if a patient is experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, a diagnostic mammogram is performed. This is a more detailed x-ray of the breast, and at Valence Medical Imaging, it is conducted with the utmost care to provide accurate diagnosis while accommodating the presence of implants.
The Role of Breast Tomosynthesis
Breast tomosynthesis is an advanced form of mammography that uses a low-dose x-ray system and computer reconstructions to create three-dimensional images of the breasts. This method offers enhanced imaging that can be beneficial for women with implants, as it helps in distinguishing between overlapping breast tissue and any abnormalities.
Additional Diagnostic Tools: Breast Ultrasound and Biopsy
If mammography results are inconclusive, or if more detailed images are needed, a breast ultrasound may be utilized. This imaging technique is effective in differentiating between solid masses and fluid-filled cysts. In cases where an abnormality is detected, a breast biopsy is performed to obtain a tissue sample for further analysis.
Expert Care at Valence Medical Imaging
Valence Medical Imaging is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care. Our team is well-versed in the unique needs of women with breast implants. From our state-of-the-art digital mammogram services to advanced diagnostic procedures like breast tomosynthesis and breast biopsy, we ensure that each patient receives the best possible care.
For women with breast implants, regular breast cancer screening remains crucial. At Valence Medical Imaging, we understand the complexities involved in imaging breasts with implants. We ensure our patients from Toronto, Brampton, Whitby, and Niagara Falls receive thorough, attentive, and individualized care. Trust our expertise to navigate the intricacies of breast implants and mammography procedures, keeping your health and well-being as our utmost priority.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Valence Medical Imaging, where your breast health is our dedicated focus.